From the Associated Press, as reported on CNN.com:
_Jim and Nell Hamm, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month, were hiking Wednesday in [Northern California’s] Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. . . when the lion pounced.
"He didn't scream. It was a different, horrible plea for help, and I turned around, and by then the cat had wrestled Jim to the ground," Nell Hamm said in an interview from the hospital._
After beating the animal with a 4-inch-diameter log and trying to jab its eye out with a pen from her husband’s pocket, Nell Hamm was eventually able to get the lion to release its hold on his head. A spokesman for the Department of Fish and Game said there’s no doubt she saved his life.